A few genetically engineered fruits and vegetables are already available in grocery stores: Hawaiian papaya, some zucchini and squash, and a small amount of the sweet corn we eat, for example. But the bulk of the nation’s genetically engineered crops are corn and soybeans that are eaten by livestock or made into popular processed food ingredients like corn starch, soybean oil or high fructose corn syrup. Continue Reading
Monthly Archives: April 2015
Peasant seeds – the pillar of food production – are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly limit what farmers can do with their seeds. Seed saving, which has been the basis of farming for thousands of years, is quickly being criminalised.
Miriam Makeba the champion of freedom who was married to a Black Panthers, felt that seed belong to peasant farmers not corporations. After her concert in Brisbane Australia she asked Michel and Jude for a drink at her hotel in Brisbane while on her may 1995 Australian tour,
She loved the SeedSavers concept she even carried back to South Africa a copy of the newly published Seed Savers Handbook.
Jude had been at her first post apartheid in Cape Town while she was teaching two Permaculture Designers Certificated in SA. She loved seed freedom.
For two decades, foreign seed majors have beaten a path to China, lured by a market so big that it is projected to eclipse the U.S. as the world’s largest food consumer by 2018, according to the Association of Food Industries.